Speculations on higher functions in Koanic’s mohawk

Typical disclaimer: This is one of those “ghost maybe” occ posts where you should mentally insert a “maybe” in front of each statement so I don’t have to fill the post full of qualifiers. These opinions are purely intuitionistic and ought to be treated as such. The writing style is assertive because I’m describing properties of objects that exist very clearly in my mind, but these objects may not correspond with reality.

For reference, I’m working on describing the “middle parts” as defined here:

The problem, therefore, is that we are not in the historical position of computer scientists, who have built their field from the ground level (transistors) up to a very high level of abstraction (e.g. TurboTax, or Blogger’s tendency to drop long-winded comments for its own sadistic purposes). The situation is more like a dystopian future, where we have rediscovered a supercomputer and are attempting to piece together an understanding of its functioning. We have discovered the low-level, underlying units (neurons, axons, action potential; analogous to transistors, wires, voltages, etc.) and we’ve learned a great deal about the high-level operation of the thing (having observed that one is generally faster than the other), but we’ve as yet failed to bridge the gap with a middle level. It’s as if the computer scientists of old had failed to leave instructions for how a network of transistors could give rise to a logic circuit, and then a breadboard, etc. We’re stumbling through the rediscovery of these middle parts.

Why psychology is a science, part 1

Beginning from the back of Koanic’s mohawk, we have the cerebellum. It houses instincts and the hard-coded concepts and archetypes like “monster”, “king”, “city”, and so on. It can be thought of as a registry of the nervous system’s datatypes and available commands (hence “each part of the cortex consists of the same small set of neuronal elements, laid out in a highly stereotyped geometry” -wiki). It should be envisioned as a patchboard for the brain’s white matter, being intricately involved in every brain operation that doesn’t involve any gray matter-style conscious computation. Therefore it is also the seat of kenttnis and probably regulates mental speed, despite containing a large amount of gray matter. Swedenborg proposed that the cerebellum is where our brains are connected to divine things, and my very brief experience of telepathy with jsl suggests there is something to this idea. For discussion of how “bigocc” relates to the cerebellum and neanderthal dream culture, read Stan Gooch.

Next, we have the occipital lobe proper. It can be thought of as a rapidly cycling state machine for simulating the external world based on sense data. A person with a highly active occipital lobe has a very keen sense of absolute spatial reasoning- a good way to judge someone’s engineering talent on the fly is to ask them which way north is. An ordinary smart person will take a moment to figure it out- but a natural engineer always just plain knows in the same way you know which way “up” is. Most of the time the occipital’s computation power is spent updating the visual field, but it can also be used for dreaming, daydreaming, and other intense visualization tasks. When we understand the interactions of two or more concepts in the sense of a person who says “Ah, I see”, it’s because the occipital is running a simulation based on concepts supplied by the cerebellum. It is therefore the seat of intuition (defined as complex instincts). When we have an “insight”, this means an occipital simulation inspired the creation of a new instinctive archetype, stored as a gray matter node in the cerebellum. People with overactive occipitals collect (tv)tropes like hoarders.

The temporal lobe is the seat of pattern recognition, constantly running and re-running structural equation modeling calculations. It’s the source of what you might call the “holism” drive to reduce all phenomena to variations on an essential theme, via the sentiment “everything is everything else”. This desire to find the pattern that contains all patterns is the motive force of philosophy, as evidenced by the fact that eminent philosophers tend to have wide crania with enlarged temporal lobes. Development of this lobe is associated with brilliance, genius, associative horizon, lateral fluency, and the ability to solve novel problems. It’s interesting to think about the ways this lobe could talk to the occipital, parietal, and frontal lobes- typically very smart men (Asians particularly) will have heavy cortical development where the occipital, temporal, and parietal bones meet, and very smart women (and I suspect smart Jews and blacks) will have heavy cortical development at Broca’s area, where the frontal, temporal, and parietal bones meet. I believe this is the source of Vox Day’s distinction between VHIQ and UHIQ. I should mention that both cases refer to the left hemisphere; if I were a betting man, I’d bet good money that ingenius visual artists have overdeveloped cortices at the occipital-temporal-parietal junction on the right side, and ingenius poets have overdevelopment opposite of Broca’s area.

The “fauxcippital” is the borderland country that interfaces between the occipital and parietal lobes. It is primarily concerned with taxonomies and axes for analysis: sorting things into ordered boxes and ranking them according to qualities X, Y, and Z. Old-timey Greek pagans were apparently really big on this kind of thing, where you try to apply MBTI-style cold reading to everything in the world, e.g. all matter is made of five basic elements in varying proportions. People with heavy fauxcippital style thinking love metaphysical-style static analysis, where nothing moves and everything is well-ordered and just so. If you enjoy geometry or biology, you probably have some fauxcippital. Unlike people dominated by the temporal holism drive, the fauxcippital is always eager to add new terms, categories, factors, axes, and epicycles to a theory. But they’re still interested in finding a more efficient set of axes to organize their mental taxonomy zoo, hence an overwhelming interest in concept porn and a nascent sense of ideological fixation.

The backswept parietal is the seat of causal reasoning and rationalism (or ratiocination, if you like). It takes the factor analyses supplied by the fauxcippital and abstracts the “types” even further into “objects”: mere particles governed by objective laws of behavior. It is pragmatic in the philosophical sense that its “conception” of an object equals its ability to predict the object’s behavior and respond in an adaptive way. Isaac Newton is an exemplar of backswept. You can probably see how this would be necessary for the backcone (and parietal as a whole) to perform its Machiavellian game theory calculations, using the a priori mechanics supplied by backswept to analyze dynamic systems with complex interactions between different types of objects.

Alternatively, I could be full of shit. That’s all I really have for now, so there’s no part 2 on the radar.

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17 Responses to Speculations on higher functions in Koanic’s mohawk

  1. Koanic says:

    Some good components swimming around in there.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      It didn’t feel great to write.

    • there is no free meal in this world says:

      Sometime ago while reading a certain book I found out what “Koanic” means.

      Me thinks any man using it as his screen name needs luck, much.

      No irony. I am looking for safety from what my soul has intuited of life and humans in Oriental wisdom too.

  2. Akuma says:

    “The temporal lobe is the seat of pattern recognition, constantly running and re-running structural equation modeling calculations.”

    Makes sense. Left temporal deals with long term memory storage.

  3. Pseudorandom Bypasser says:

    Bigthank, primeaeolid vgoodpost. Some random thoughts:

    – Your earlier post that described bigocc cognition to be like wisdom of the crowds put me thinking. At first I thought that it only applies to INTJ TTs but then I understood that it’s a more general concept and I was both taking it too concretely and literally and getting stuck on it’s statistical aspects while it can also mean more general crowdsourcing. Maybe the INTJ version is something like inferior Se external sensory perceptions filtered and stored through dominant Ni (which could encompass anything and basically just means “subjective internal perception”) and then ordered/”judged”/expressed with auxiliary Te. I’m not sure if the statistical component of it is included in Ni or Te. INTP version might be something like amud upper frontal abstract reasoning and the resulting deductions and theoretical framework “clicks” being sent to aux-Ne mental occ-crowd for vetting and brainstorming new ways to look at (I’m sure you know the MBTI-sphere meme about INTPs always doubting themselves) and then stored for future use with their tertiary Si. However I’m not yet sure how to map Ti and Ne to edenic traits or front and back. Ti is definitely front but I’m unsure if Ne is front, back or both. Ti actually seems like it’s just deepsock or general T-front and the abstract, logical and intellectual aspects of it are actually aux-Ne. See ISTPs and how they seem to lack any of those and mostly express archaic/general deepsock traits. It does seem like dominant introverted Judging (Fi or Ti) comes with the large and long “autistic” face and a distinctive paleness and sleepiness and emphasis on the higher abstract frontal areas, while INTJs have a more compressed face and just the core thallish features. Extraverted Judging functions seem to put emphasis on the lower executive frontal areas. Maybe increased crom or melon influence produces this and their more compressed faces. There’s lots of things to say about this subject and I’m already badly on tangents. Basically I think that I’ve somewhat cracked the correlation between MBTI types and certain antropological archetypes in my head.

    – The paragraph about fauxcippital makes me think that the commenter Edenist Whackjob might be an FT. Will unpack if needed but digging all the sensory pieces behind this hunch will take effort.

    – B.F. Skinner is another good example of parietal. He seems to be somewhere between backcone and backswept. His T-front autistic object focus only amplifies the described type of thinking and makes it manifest in a concrete and mechanistic way. An MM would think in a similar way but be all warm and charming on the outside or unlike Skinner and his Behaviorism actually “see” the subject’s mental contents and supply them to their parietal. Someone (could’ve been you) said somewhere that MTs seem to be good at inventing and formalizing effective ways of doing things; the inventor of OODA loop looks like one.

    • there is no free meal in this world says:

      Why the talk about INTJs?

      I thought only serious stuff and actual thinking was of concern around here ;)

      The ones with strong Fe and Te are just society-adapting cloned-cloning conformedconformspreading machines. (Sociopaths where it is the primary function, Clueless where it is the secondary).

      • there is no free meal in this world says:


        the “sleepiness” of the Fi/Ti folks is outward.

        They have (of course) the most active minds. Since it is “inside activity”, they are less active outwardly.

        While the others see them as “sleepy”, they see the others as sleepwits, if one can use such a name

  4. there is no free meal in this world says:

    “These opinions are purely intuitionistic and ought to be treated as such. The writing style is assertive because I’m describing properties of objects that exist very clearly in my mind, but these objects may not correspond with reality.”

    Ah, the kid paying homage to the (absurd, delusive, like all shall be till the end of — another delusion — time) faith of his place and time, Rationalism.

    The kid saying “correspond with reality” pretending (to himself. Sad!) “reality” be anything but (rationalized, and believed rational, under the reign of Rationalism! Naturally) widely shared “intuitions”.

    The superior mind has more individual intuitions.
    They may be true or false (let’s pretend we know what true and false means, and that it is sure these words may have meaning at all, for this time). They certainly have more chances of being true than the widely shared.

    You f***ing stop apologizing for the best part of your mind, shouldn’t you?

    A third-grade cousin of mine, Intuition Quotient 201, justily noted how In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.

    Of course he paid his IQ dearly. Doesn’t the Bible already say what happens when you pick the apple from the Tree of Knowledge?
    Better not to intuit too much… :)
    I still wish to you all the intuition that’s possible to a man in this world, and to be less subservient to the Triumphing Cult of our days (Rationalism, a cult for stock minds… as all triumphing cults are, full of delusions, delusions designed to appease the will-to-feel-powerful/in control, as all triumphing cults must be).

  5. there is no free meal in this world says:

    This post happens to be superior to your last 10 or 20 added together.

    How surprising!

  6. there is no free meal in this world says:

    I also want to say that, well, the neurotic strife for learned, detail-rich, “great” writing is very appreciated.

    You write remarkably better than other people with your same intelligence. That’s what we can do, overreach our resources, and it’s something to be proud of — if anything is.

    A mind with such willingness to suffer may walk great lengths in a life time.

  7. King Boss says:

    Does anyone here actually think sigmas exist? As far as I can tell they’re just gammas in drag.

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  10. Ø says:

    Next, we have the occipital lobe proper… It is therefore the seat of intuition (defined as complex instincts).

    ^I think there’s a very strong case for occ being the seat of specifically introverted intuition, because Ni is endogenous, aesthetic and visuospatial. However, extraverted intuition is exogenous, immaterial and has more to do with memetic-association than visuospatial-aestheticism. So I think extraverted intuition probably has more to do with the frontal lobe than anything

  11. Ø says:

    Ne does not “have intuitions” so much as it “interfaces with the external reality along an intuitive modality”

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